The Regis University Ranger women's soccer team advances to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal after shutting out the Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves Wednesday afternoon. The Rangers recorded their eighth shutout of the season defeating the ThunderWolves 2-0.
In an elimination game with each squad's season dependant on the outcome, Regis was strong from the beginning. Senior midfielder Kiki Arnold (Boulder, Colorado) gave the Rangers the lead in the 11th minute. She headed a ball lofted into the middle of the box over the CSU-Pueblo goalkeeper. Sophomore defender Maison O'Neill (Boise, Idaho) played the original cross in tallying the assist.
Regis would remain with a one-goal lead heading into halftime. The Ranger defensive line held strong and consistent throughout the match holding the ThunderWolves to just one shot on goal and forcing them to fire shots off from distance.
Junior forward Paulina Salazar (Escondido, California) sealed the victory in the 70th minute of play scoring an unassisted goal. She struck a ball from the left side of the pitch and CSU-Pueblo goalkeeper Jenn Rucker got her hands to it but was not enough as the ball carried through to the back of the net.
The Rangers slightly outshot the ThunderWolves 11-10 and each team saw four corner kick opportunities. Sophomore goalkeeper Kat Crump (Huntsville, Alabama) played in all 90 minutes and made just one save as she tallied another shutout.
Regis travels to No. 1 seed Colorado Mines on Friday, November 7 at 4:30 p.m. to matchup against No. 2 seed Metro State (13-1-4, 10-0-4 RMAC). The remainder of the RMAC tournament games will be played at Colorado Mines.